Here’s Red Smith on Mickey Mantle’s first day in the big leagues:
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what I'd pay to see the thought bubble above Joe's head in that shot...
"I hate this Rube."
Don't forget, Joe also had to deal with his injury. I still wonder how he became so great in so short a time. Got great benefit from the war years.
As for the image, is there any agreement on what actually happened when the Mick hit the grate?
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